Grant Thornton
London: Grant Thornton International Ltd
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This report provides summary statistics of women's employment and career status globally, at all stages from education to senior management.

Education is stressed as the most important contributor to wage differentials around the world; of the 865 million women expected to enter the global economy by 2020, it is anticipated that only 17 percent will have received a sufficient education.

Women's participation in education is represented by statistics on education level and type of economy, and while women's participation in tertiary education is now higher than that of men this does not translate to higher representation in top roles.

Figures are also presented for workforce participation, and gender diversity in senior management, including by role and industry. Special topics in this report include statistics on business leaders' level of support of introducing gender quotas for business governance, as well as current diversity statistics of business boards from various countries, and a discussion of recent decreases in fertility rates around the world as a result of urbanisation in developing countries, and the possible effects this will have on the
female workforce.

The report concludes with figures representing percentages of businesses which have introduced flexible working arrangements, and other schemes for the advancement of women, many of which remain uncommon.